Homeowners spending TWICE as much time on home improvements than before lockdown

Homeowners are now spending TWICE as much time on home improvements than they did before the lockdown.

A study of 2,000 adults found that up until the end of March, house-proud Brits would spend an average of four hours and 44 minutes a month making their property perfect.

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This figure has now rocketed to eight hours and 21 minutes in recent months.

But despite the efforts of hard-working homeowners, the study found they are still five years and five months away from getting their homes ‘just right'.

It also emerged 14 per cent have a ‘vision’ of how they want their house to look – including the furnishings they’ll buy, what the décor will be and even how the windows will look.

The study was commissioned by home repairs company Independent Network Powered by a VEKA.

Officials from the company said: “The research shows just how much of a priority our homes are at this moment in time.

“We’ve always been a house-proud nation but clearly this love for our homes has increased dramatically in a relatively short period of time.

“With us spending more time at home perhaps the nation is finally getting time to get their homes up to the standard they would like."

Three quarters of homeowners would describe themselves as house-proud, according to the study, with 71 per cent adding that their homes are more important to them now than ever before.

As a result 54 per cent felt more motivated to improve their homes than before.

And homeowners have gone from spending an average of £98 a month on improving their homes before lockdown to £181 a month now.

Cooped-up Brits are painting walls and ceilings, giving their gardens a revamp and finally getting the kitchen done.

Four in 10 admitted they are so proud of their homes they ‘can’t wait’ to invite people over as restrictions are reduced – so they can give them a grand tour of all the improvements they’ve made.

In February, we told the story of mum Elaina Sanches, 48, who says she's saved £3,000 by painting cheap charity shop furniture.

And lots of Brits desperate to prop up the bar during lockdown have even built their own back garden boozers.


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